Blog of Random Thoughts and Pictures

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-06-26

June 26th, 2010
  • Goalasso as the Black Stars take the lead against the white stars #
  • A coffee, a seat in the open warm air of Roberts square and a happy baby where am I? #
  • @paulmwatson just a maddening delay caused the short connecting time. I must stay in Riga for real the next time. in reply to paulmwatson #
  • 1st visit to Latvia lasted 15 mins as my plane landed I got a bus ducked through passport control and walked straight onto departing plane #
  • Taking a midnight flight to Tallian & from seat 11A I hope to pass through 2 timezones sound asleep. #
  • Aren't corny Father's days prezzies just great! Won't be the same in an all digital world. #
  • @shaunandelly tribute to driver & fans too.Good olde 80's when rally fans could stand in the middle of the road and no one got hurt. No wait in reply to shaunandelly #

Powered by Twitter Tools

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-06-19

June 19th, 2010
  • Munch munch at least the 2nd half was better & I enjoyed the NKO goal #
  • What the feck this #worldcup is shite, come on Brazil make me eat my words. #

Powered by Twitter Tools

Future Internet PPP Architecture workshop

June 16th, 2010

Had an interesting trip to rainy Madrid on June 9th for the EFII organised Future Internet PPP Architecture workshop.
Between Kevin D. and myself we took a critical read of the EFFI position paper on the Core Platform [pdf] and from this review produced the following response [pdf].
Through this response paper we highlight some recommendations towards the Core Platform architecture and basic architectural principles. From there we highlight some additional functionalities which could be considered in the 13 generic enablers.
I must say the tough part was condensing this whole paper into a 10 minute presentation, but after some hard cutting of text and slides I got there.

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-06-12

June 12th, 2010
  • @Nerdiac its the set of floodlights around the stadium causing the shadows in reply to Nerdiac #
  • I have Eng Vs USA down as a draw but either which way I hope it's entertaining. #
  • @sdempsey but for today the style of Arg makes for an interesting match in reply to sdempsey #
  • Wondering about the yellow card rules for the #worldcup Well here's an update #
  • Hey this Arg Vs Nga has got off to a good start #worldcup #
  • Just back from Madrid & from seat 18a got to enjoy the 1st half of the kick-ass movie. #
  • @fionahaughney meant to say Kilkenny was buzzin Saturday only thing at 1.30 was dying for food & got rejected as the place had no chips left in reply to fionahaughney #

Powered by Twitter Tools

My predictable predictions for the World Cup 2010

June 10th, 2010
FIFA World Cup 2010

FIFA World Cup 2010

Well the World Cup is about to start, so here go the predictions

Group A

Tight group but France South Africa to come through

Group B

Argentina at a stroll and then Nigeria

Group C

England will top the group followed by the USA

Group D

Germany, then Australia

Group E

Holland and Cameroon

Group F

Italy and Slovakia

Group G

Brazil and Ivory Coast (yeap bye bye Ronaldo)

Group H

Spain and Chile

A quick look at this and I have a bad feeling, there are no real teams standing out at the moment breaking the hold of the top teams and while there is always a slow starter, I think Portugal will fall at the first hurdle, but no other surprises.

In the Round of 16 I see wins for South Africa, England, Germany, Argentina, Holland, Brazil, Italy and then Spain. I think Argentina, Italy and Spain may have a tough time in this round, with maybe Cameroon or the Ivory Coast good for coming through instead.

In the quarter finals I have Brazil, England, Germany, and Italy. England may get the hosts SA in this round so that could come down to a penalty shoot out or luck falling on SA. Spain could again drop out in this round, really now Im not seeing them as favourites for the Cup, they will have too many slippery ties.

In the Semis Brazil will have a win over England, and Germany will fall to Italy again.

The final is all for Brazil, with Italy left behind this time and Germany taking the third spot. Its all that simple really.

Most goals scored in the first series could be either Italy or Argentina just because of the teams in their group. With Brazil as winners I also have to go with them as top scorers.

The first nil-nil will be South Korea Vs Greece.

Now having said all of that Id better put my money where my mouth is, so off to Paddy Power.

But before I go one final thing to say, Im useless at predicting soccer scores so if I just go flip mode and reverse all the scores (or winners) Ive predicted in a spreadsheet then I get a semi final line up of

South Korea V Paraguay

Mexico V Portugal

And the winners of the 2010 World Cup will be Mexico. So there goes another each way bet.

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-06-05

June 5th, 2010
  • In Kilkenny with Anne & Dez for a Cat Laugh. Got to pour my own pint which was great fun (and free pint) now front row for comedy show #
  • @paulmwatson @fionahaughney I've been going to the one in Clonmel for sometime and find they have a great selection in stock & super helpful in reply to paulmwatson #

Powered by Twitter Tools

World Cup fever is starting to build up, time to look for a schedule

June 1st, 2010

So I was firstly looking for a World Cup calendar schedule and settled on this one from SSIS Junkie {aka Jamie Thomson} and then also came across this great visualisation world cup calendar  (done in flash).

I was also thinking of placing a small bet this year and while I go for outright win from <left blank intentionally> as a gut feeling, I’ve started to use this World Cup 2010 Schedule and Scoresheet spreadsheet to see what team may pop out after I enter all my predicted scores. I’ve managed to get through Groups A, B & C so far.